November 18, 2019
The Manta Ray Aquatics swim team of Moses Lake hosted their annual Thankswimming Open Swim Meet over the weekend with over 240 swimmers from around the Inland Northwest in attendance. The Manta Ray swimmers had many great swims including a couple who achieved qualifying times for Regional level meets as well as breaking a couple of team records.
Manta Ray Aquatics hosts 8 events a year, but this annual event is very special to the Manta Rays as they donate a portion of the proceeds to another local youth-based organization as a way of saying THANK YOU to a community that has supported them for over six decades. The Manta Rays feel very blessed to be able to “give back” and help other youth in the area.
Some notable swims of the meet were:
Anderson Addink placed 3rd in the 200 breaststroke. Savannah Alamos took 2nd place in her 200 I.M. Kathryn Duvall took 1st place in the 50 free with a Washington Open qualifying time. She also placed 2nd in the 50 and 100 breaststroke and 3rd in the 100 and 500 freestyle. Julia Heaps took 3rd in the 200 backstroke, breaking the Manta Ray team record by over 5 seconds. She also took 1st place in the 1650 freestyle, breaking the team record by 25 seconds!! Heaps was also 2nd in the 50 freestyle. Melody Lake took 2nd in the 1650 freestyle and 2nd in the 200 breaststroke. Her breaststroke time qualified her for the Washington Open Swim Meet as well as the Age Group Regional Swim Meet, which takes place early next year in Federal Way. Lennox Leeder took 3rd in the 100 butterfly and the 100 freestyle. Payton Leeder placed 3rd in the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke and took 1st place in the 200 I.M. Cole Lindberg was 2nd in the 100 butterfly, 3rd in the 50 freestyle, 2nd in the 100 backstroke and 1st in the 100 freestyle, dropping nearly 2 seconds in the freestyle. Alex McLain placed 3rd in the 1650 freestyle and 2nd in the 200 butterfly. Dylan Moore took 2nd place in the 200 butterfly and 50 breaststroke. Issabelle Parrish was 2nd in the 50 freestyle, with a Washington Open qualifying time. She also took 1st place in the 1650 freestyle and 100 freestyle as well as 3rd place in the 100 backstroke and 2nd in the 500 freestyle. Marcus Quezada took 1st place in the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. He was 3rd in the 50 backstroke, 100 I.M., and 50 butterfly. Yuna Sakaguchi placed 3rd in the 50 breaststroke. Josiah Wallace took 1st place in his 1650 freestyle and 2nd in the 200 breaststroke.